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What Is Productivity?

Updated on November 20, 2011

For me, productivity equates to being able to function at a sustained, high level of performance on a given task. What's your definition of productivity?

The Foundations Of Being Productive

Being able to function in a state of high performance has all to do with the energy levels within yourself. Yes, visions, goals and purpose has a lot to do with being productive. However, it is the energy you have within you that drives you to, well for a lack of a better term, just go and get the job done! With the focus -- of course -- to produce that quality product, provide that excellent service to your customers, etc.

We all know that an engine requires fuel to run. Same goes for our high performance "engine", but rather than fossil fuel, it requires a nice balance of physical, emotional, intellectual (aka mental) and spiritual fuel to run.

  • If you are healthy and physically fit, then you are be capable of performing well at work or on the task at hand.
  • If you are emotionally grounded, then you are capable of maintaining confidence, keep your composure when encountering fearful or confrontational situations, and able to work in harmony with your colleagues.
  • If you are mentally fit, then you are capable of focusing and concentrating on your job, and also have the ability to leverage visualization and critical thinking skills.
  • If you are spiritually grounded (not in the religious sense), then you are capable of being focused on your job and perform better under pressure, since your values are in alignment with your actions. Bottom line, there's a purpose in your life, a meaning in your work. It gives you this "zest" for life.

Some might say that time management is the basis for being productive, but I feel the key to being productive is in the efficient management and the ability to draw on these four distinct but interrelated energy sources.

Establish Rituals In Your Life To Be Productive

These actions, which are to be followed on a consistent basis, should focus on rejuvenating, inspiring and empowering you. Bottom line, these rituals should be built into your daily schedule to energize you and provide the fuel for you to be productive.

Wake Up Productive. Your morning is critical in the sense that it sets the tone for the rest of the day. So why not start your morning with a bang and follow a ritual to energize yourself? Think of your mornings as a time to clear yourself of all negative thoughts, rejuvenate your energy levels and be ready to take on the day with a proper mindset.

Be Productive At Work. You need to find a balance between the number of straight hours you work and the breaks you should take. Incorporate a ritual at work to always rejuvenate yourself.

Detach To Be Productive. Last but not least, you need to learn when to remove work from your daily life. Work should not be a 24x7 commitment. You need to include a ritual within your daily life to disengage yourself from work to avoid burnout and losing your "edge". Bottom line, you need to enjoy life.


To find out more about the science and mechanics of being productive, check out >> Are You Productive? << at


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